After all the Buddha meditation (i.e the jhanas) appears as number 8 of the 8FP and same as number 8 in the Gradual Training of MN 107.
Gradual Training (from MN107)
- Virtue by maintaining the five precepts
- Guard the doors of the six sense faculties
- Be moderate in eating
- Be devoted to wakefulness (when awake purify the mind of obstructive states)
- Be possessed of mindfulness and full awareness (in all activities).
- Resort to a secluded place.
- Abandon the five hindrances.
- Enter the jhanas.
MN 107 and the sutta that tells us that samadhi is the result of the 1st 7 components of the 8FP clearly show the Buddha meditation (i.e the jhanas) is not something that you “do” but something that happen to you when the prerequisites are met.
So why does all Buddhist traditions modern and ancient insist so much on meditation and do not teach what really counts: the practices that lead to transforming ourselves that in particular will allow to “dry up the remain of the past” (Sn 5.11.4) ? Why spending so much time teaching something that is not doable per se?